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Written by  Bob Serody

Posted May 21, 2016
National Presidential Campaign / Hillary-Bernie
SCPA Member Opinion*

The Outcome of the Presidential Race Could Depend on Events at the Democratic Convention
By Bob Serody

With the furor simmering behind the scenes between Sanders and the DNC, will Clinton get the nomination by her party? Baring a miracle for Bernie Sanders, the answer is yes. Then, shouldn’t the polls also show that Clinton should be a strong favorite against the likes of Trump? Yet as of May 20, 2016, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Sanders picking up 45% of the vote to Trump’s 41%. Rasmussen further states: “Are Democrats on track to nominate the wrong candidate? Hillary Clinton has now fallen behind Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders edges out the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.”

What Hillary’s camp doesn’t understand is that it’s not Bernie that makes people support him, it’s about his fight for the middle class and the complete trust his supporters have in what he says. Whereas Clinton cannot shed her reliance on Super PACs and her changing positions on critical issues. Unlike Bernie, she lacks trust.

It has been rumored that Bernie will not let go until certain changes are made to the party rules to guarantee fair elections within the Democratic Party, namely that super delegates be dropped in future elections so that the voters will be in charge of selecting their candidate. The state caucuses have also been rigged to favor the establishment. If the DNC rejects these changes, and I expect they will, the lack of unity will be only too evident at the convention in Philadelphia.

Finally, it is embarrassing to Clinton that Sanders keeps winning important states, and an upset win for Bernie in California is downright scary for her. Even when she wins the nomination, she is going to need a strong endorsement from Sanders in order to shore up support among Democrats and Independents in a race against Trump. Add to this the number of voters who may decide not to vote for a woman perceived as being part of the corporate establishment. When taking into account all of these concerns, it is no wonder that Hillary is upset.

So what can be done to rescue Clinton and the Democratic Party? Some remarks by Larry Cohen and Robert Borosage are worth examining as the race transitions from May to June.

MORNING MESSAGE
By Larry Cohen
How to Make the Democratic Nominating Process Actually Democratic
In late July, delegates to the Democratic National Convention will gather in Philadelphia, not only to nominate a president and vice president but to debate a reform agenda for the party itself. Bernie Sanders’ call for a political revolution is centered on democratizing U.S. politics, including the Democratic Party, and his delegation will number at least 1,700. “Big money out and voters in” should be their rallying cry ... Get superdelegates out of the nominating process ... Candidates should pledge to oppose the formation of super PACs during the nominating process ... It’s time for a new look at the entire process, much like the 1981 Hunt Commission but with the focus on transparency, democracy and inclusion.

WAYS BERNIE SANDERS WILL BE A FORCE AT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
In Reuters, OurFuture.org’s Robert Borosage explains why the Democratic convention matters:
“…Sanders can assert that pressing her to embrace more of his ideas will strengthen rather than weaken the former secretary of state in the general election … On party rules, Sanders is ready to question the role and number of super delegates, those on campaign debates and their consistency in open and closed primaries … she can demonstrate confidence in her leadership by celebrating the energy of Sanders’ youthful supporters and supporting some of his signature reforms…”

It is obvious that what frames this race is a deep-seated anger against both the Republican and Democratic parties. Working Americans have felt excluded for far too long from the process of fairness and the opportunity to make a decent wage.

This explains why Trump and Sanders, both outsiders, are presently both favored over Clinton. Everyone will be looking forward to what happens at the Democratic Convention. It could decide who eventually occupies the White House.

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Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

*ED. NOTE: The views expressed here are solely those of the author. SCPA does not endorse candidates and welcomes commentary on a wide range of issues, including political campaigns, local,regional and national. If interested in contributing commentary, please contact SCPA.

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LINKS

How to Make the Democratic Nominating Process Actually Democratic
Campaign for America's Future, By Larry Cohen, May 19, 2016
https://ourfuture.org/20160519/how-to-make-the-democratic-nominating-process-actually-democratic?

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Commentary: Whatever happens, Sanders will be a force at the convention
Reuters, by Robert L. Borosage, May 18, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-election-democrats-sanders-commentary-idUSKCN0Y90C9

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Contributed by Bob Serody. Compiled by Team SCPA.

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